June Hike with Dale: Irish Hills (Madonna trailhead)

Irish Hills hike, Madonna trailhead, June 10, 2017, Lead: Dale; Sweeps; Chris, Katie On a perfect Saturday morning in SLO, three docents and 20 hikers enjoyed a 3 mile hike up Froom Creek and down the Mariposa trail. We saw many great club-haired mariposa lilies (yellow flower attached), clay mariposa lilies, yuccas, poppies, golden stars and hummingbird sage. The kids had fun touching the sticky monkey flower and smelling the black sage. From the top of Irish Hills we were able to see six of the morros and we talked about Portola’s expedition through San Luis in 1769 and the California State Rock, serpentine. A great way to start the...

Irish Hills – Mariposa Trail Head September 19th 2015

Our group started off on a warm sunny sky morning, determined to make it up to Morro View Trail. We started with four people and one dog strong on our journey up. The start of the path started off relatively flat and in the shade, and then started to work its way up to the paved road. We came across dried up sticky monkey-flowers, sage plants, a California fuchsia and a few other colorful blooms. From the road we went up 1.7 miles to Morro View at 1,031 feet above sea level we had a great view. We took different trails up, like Quickshot and then taking a detour to the Mine Trail to imagine what once was. The trail system at Irish Hills is phenomenal; they are marked very well with names and logos for each trail. The elevation gains are your choice, as there are many options, do you want a quick lunch hike, a training hike or do you just want to check out the mines (four of them out here) There are also a few ways to get out there; you can start from the end of Madonna rd and park at the Trail head, you can go up Sterling Lane, or you can park at Perfumo Canyon and work your way up the Bog Thistle trail to Mariposa. To make an even longer hike you can start at Irish Hills and hike the Connector trail to Johnson Ranch and back. Our group finished strong and we had a great time out on the trails, hope to see you out there next...
Slow In Slo with Jan

Slow In Slo with Jan

May 2, 2015  Irish Hills out to Morro View Our hike started out at the Madonna trail head with a covering of fog overhead.  Seven humans and 2 dogs showed up for the hike.  We headed up the Mariposa trail, and it is up, through the oak and poison oak and along a currently dry creek bed.  Crossed over several well-maintained bridges.  There is still a small amount of running water under one of them.  And up we went.  The farther we went the more the fog burned off.  No spectacular plant finds, but we did come across very large tom turkey.  He crossed the trail in front of us and continued to let his presence be known with loud gobbling!  It is 2+ miles out to the bench at Morro View.  We had a short rest there and were able to just see Morro Rock through the marine layer.  Down we went, a little faster than we went up.  We didn’t see our turkey friend again, however, he made sure we knew we were in his territory once again.  A very pleasant outing with good companions.  Another great day to be...

Irish Hills – Froom Creek via the King and Canyon trails

Another gorgeous winter day in SLO county!  Just perfect for a hike in the Irish Hills.  Our group meet at 10:00 at the Madonna Rd. trailhead that leads up into the Irish Hills.  Eight hikers and one very energetic little dog joined the hike.  Many in our group found the hike on Meetup.  One of our hikers has been working on Irish Hills trails since the beginning.  Another hiker goes hiking all the time and knows about many terrific trails.  Some where learning about what our city has to offer and came from near and faraway.  An interesting, diverse, and friendly group of people. At the trailhead we went left so we could connect with the King Trail. We wound our way up through the green hills and past oak trees.  We took the Canyon Trail to Froom Creek trail.  We went down the trail that used to be a dirt road. This scrub/chaparral/serpentine zone was in full bloom with Buckbrush(Ceanothus cuneatus) making a beautiful and fragrant display.  At the top of the hike it was possible to hear the water in the creek and occasionally see it as well.  We ended our hike going back through the green hills, oak trees and over several dry creek...